When it comes to Italian-American comfort food, the chicken parmesan is among the best. The breaded chicken cutlet drenched in melted mozzarella and wrapped in a blanket of tomato sauce is simply delicious. Also known as chicken parmigiana, this dish comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re looking for a fine dining experience or just seeking a local Italian deli – there’s a place for you to try this tasty classic in Chicago Northwest.

Antonio’s Ristorante, Itasca

Walking into this Itasca restaurant, you are immediately welcomed by romantic and rustic Italian inspired decor. Owner Antonio Lettieri immigrated from Italy in 2003 and has since sought to make sure diners experience the authentic treatment. The aroma of the chicken parmesan is warm and cozy as soon as the dish is placed in front of you. The cutlet is lightly breaded and tender, making it easy to cut into. The breading on chicken breast tastes like something you’d eat at an Italian home! The chicken is smothered in a blanket of melted parmesan cheese and is paired with a side of penne pasta.

Roselle: Italian Pizza Kitchen

Italian Pizza Kitchen is a favorite of locals in the Chicago Northwest suburbs. Between the delicious food and friendly staff, that will come to no surprise to any visitors. The Roselle restaurant’s chicken parmesan is served on a bed of penne pasta and garnished with chopped herbs. It is breaded with a delicious blend of Italian spices that is nothing less than an explosion of flavor in your mouth. The marinara is made fresh and in house every day. While this place may pack up for its tasty pizza, they equally knock chicken parm out of the park as well! 

Arlington Heights: Passero

Downtown Arlington Heights is a hub of delicious local cuisines and Passero is no exception. The open concept dining room will capture guests with its inviting and serene aesthetic. But don’t let the cool space fool you, the chicken parmesan is sizzling here. Served on a hot plate, you can see the steam coming off of the cutlet as it’s laid on the table. Brave eaters can dig in but some may want to let it cool off for a few! The dish is uniquely paired with a pasta side of fusilli vodka for an impressive combination. Cheese is king for this chicken parm rendition, as two chicken pieces are layered with a gooey coating of parmesan and provolone with a grated parmesan garnish on top. Definitely no short cheese here!

Streamwood: Franco’s

For those craving chicken parmesan but looking to skip a sit down meal, Franco’s Cucina in Streamwood is the place for you. Open for nearly 30 years, this family owned Italian deli prides itself in only serving traditional homestyle recipes. Visitors can walk right up to the counter to order or grab a ticket if busy! Franco’s chicken parm comes with a choice of side like roasted potatoes or soup. For those who prefer a generous amount of sauce on their Italian classics, this place is for you. Sandwich fans can also enjoy the cheesy and tender cutlet between two pieces of freshly baked bread – yum!

Schaumburg: Chicago Prime Italian

A taste of elegance and comfort meet at Chicago Prime Italian in Schaumburg. The family owned spot serves made from scratch Italian classics that are sure to satisfy your taste buds. The restaurant’s menu embodies fresh ingredients, bold flavors and house-made pasta. When it comes to chicken parmesan, this kitchen knocks it out of the park. Even before the first cut, diners will be able to smell the delicious cheese aromas coming off the plate. The pair of cutlets are served with the perfect amount of sauce and cheese. The dish is enhanced to another level with a pairing of flavorful penne pasta sprinkled with even more parmesan. It’s quite the treat to enjoy this incredible classic in candlelight!

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